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Dentist - WCC (Shelton, WA)

at State of Washington

Pay: $62.16 to $81.55/hour
$62.16 - $81.55
Posted: 11/29/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2600656
Keywords: dental, dentist

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Washington Corrections Center  (WCC)
Shelton, WA

Join the Department of Corrections (DOC) team to make a real difference in the lives of others and to find personal fulfillment in your role. DOC is seeking a highly motivated and qualified Dentist for the part time position (Monday – Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for 20 hours per week).

This position is located at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton, WA, 20 miles Northwest of Olympia. WCC is an all-male adult prison facility with a full service dental operatory where our dentist provides diagnostic screening, general dentistry and patient education to the 1,200 incarcerated individuals in our care.  Our staff do not have the pressure of production-or fee based patient care. There is no insurance billing or complex coding.

Washington State Department of Corrections is on the cutting edge of correctional health care.  Our professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which the incarcerated individuals can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society by assuming responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.


Under the direct supervision of a Health Care Manager, the dentist provides medically necessary dental care to incarcerated patients.  S/he provides clinical supervision to dental assistants and dental hygienists.  These services provided are consistent with RCW, WAC, Department policy, and the Department of Correction's Health Plan.


  • Reviews the patient's medical condition and consults with other providers.
  • Makes oral examination of patients to determine oral health; records number of teeth, their condition, position, and relationship to each other; notes type, size, and location of fillings; checks condition of gums; evaluates bone support for teeth.
  • Diagnoses dental conditions and plans for their treatment. Diagnoses and treats pathological conditions; prescribes medication for treatment of diseases of dental nature; renders periodontal treatments; administers local anesthetic; takes digital dental radiographs.
  • Administer routine dental care and the treatment of urgent care dental problems that involve pain, trauma, and/or infection.  Performs oral surgery, including surgical extractions, within the limits of the facility and personal expertise, endodontics, periodontics, restorative, and operative dentistry.
  • Determines extent of patient's cooperation and amount of dental service that can be provided in accordance with the Offender Health Plan.
  • Extracts teeth; removes cavities from teeth; prepares teeth for fillings and inserts filling material such as amalgam and resin.
  • Coordinates care with contract dentists and denturists.
  • Refers patients for specialist care as necessary.
  • Prepares reports concerning dental work and dental health of patients.
  • Accurately maintains patient and administrative records.
  • Actively participates in the Dental Care Review Committee (CRC).
  • Delegates clinical duties to dental assistants and dental hygienists in accordance with the WA State Laws (WAC & RCW)
  • Participates in Department training, Continuing Education, and Coordinated Quality Improvement Process (CQIP)
  • Participates in regular drills; subject to emergency assignments to help with security in the event of an incarcerated individual(s) disturbance, civil disturbance, or natural disaster.  Assist with the Trauma/Emergency Medical Team as deemed necessary.
  • Actively participates in CQIP at the facility level to include monitoring quality indicators for improving patient care and clinic operations.  May engage in statewide CQIP meetings, education opportunities, and process review as appropriate.
  • Attend in-service education programs, mandatory training, and employee meetings.



Doctor's degree DDS or DMD from an accredited school of dentistry,
A valid unencumbered Washington State license to practice dentistry, or the ability to obtain the license prior to hire.
Possession of unrestricted DEA registration to prescribe controlled substances.
Experience and/or education in working with medical/dental documents, maintaining or processing health/dental records and using dental terminology.
Two years clinical experience in the practice of dentistry.
Knowledge in the areas of scheduling routine/special dental procedures and patient visits.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications and related technologies.

Supplemental Information

  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies.  If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.
Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.  When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • This position may be represented by a Union Shop.
We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies: 
  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.
DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. 
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call us at (360) 407-5742.  
For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.